THE stepfather of missing six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams revealed police had asked him to take them to the little girl’s body.
Robert Smith said that homicide detectives had identified him as a suspect in the little girl’s disappearance – and likely murder.
“Absolutely, they think I did it,” he said.
Mr Smith, of Mt Druitt in Sydney’s west, denied killing Kiesha, saying he loved her as if she was his own daughter.
Mr Smith said investigators “got tough” with him and demanded he reveal where Kiesha’s body had been dumped.
He said police assured him they would “help him” – with counselling and care – if he disclosed what he had done.
“They said ‘lead us to her body’ and that sort of thing. It was pretty tough,” he said.
Asked if he killed Kiesha, or if he had hurt her in any way that may have accidentally caused her death, Mr Smith denied it.
“There is no way in the world,” he said.
Mr Smith, his partner Kristi Abrahams and Kiesha’s father Chris Weippeart were all questioned separately by police the same night, but Mr Smith appeared to be the only person asked where the body was. “Kristi said they didn’t ask her that,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Weippeart said he was questioned about his relationship with Ms Abrahams, and asked to recall relevant dates since Kiesha was born.
Police denied they had given up hope of finding Kiesha alive and were searching for a body, despite divers spending most of the day scouring dams in outer suburban Marsden Park.
“The longer it progresses, the graver it becomes … but they are keeping an open mind,” a police spokeswoman said.
Kiesha was reported missing on Sunday but had not been seen by the rest of the family since about July 7.
Police confirmed they seized a vacuum cleaner, a computer and clothing from Mr Smith and Ms Abrahams’ house.